Yoga and Osteoarthritis

9 Nov

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects cartilage. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease. It causes pain and stiffness in your joints. Some people call it  “wear and tear” arthritis. OA is most commonly found in the Knees, Hips, Hands and fingers and Spine. But can also affect wrists, elbows, shoulders, and ankles. Osteoarthritis (OA) is also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis. Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when you put weight or pressure on the joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 20 million people in the U.S. alone and it is the most common type of arthritis in the UK also, affecting around one million people. So is there any solution? Yes, of course. You can follow traditional medication and treatment process. But you can try Yoga also, not as an alternative to medication but as a supplement.

Because physical movement is specially vital for people with osteoarthritis to increase muscle strength and recover physical energy and endurance, yoga can be an effective choice. This popular mind-body work out is one of the best physical activities for people with osteoarthritis because it not only is gentle but also can decrease stress, which can cause joint pain to flare. But please speak to your doctor before start practicing Yoga.

Yoga help strengthen muscles and joints, reducing some symptoms of osteoarthritis. However, this practice would provide other benefits that would also facilitate the psychological treatment of this disease.

Practicing yoga help patients of osteoarthritis to control some of the symptoms of the disease, such as fatigue and pain, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles.

“In general, any exercise is useful to control some symptoms of osteoarthritis , however, yoga has additional psychological benefits that help improve the quality of life for patients, “said Dr. Kirsten Lung, one of the authors of the study .

According to Dr. Lung, “Physical activity that involves yoga strengthen the muscles and prevent joint inflammation, as well, meditation and breathing exercises help patients feel better about themselves, in fact many feel commented happier, all of this would help them improve their outlook on life and cope better with their disease. “

Iyengar yoga is a type of pedagogical nature, in which the person is to learn properly conducting positions (asanas) testing it always starts with the simplest asanas and move to the more complex a specific order to avoid any risk of injury.

You can also use various objects, such as belts, benches or cushions, to facilitate the performance of asanas without subjecting the body to too much stress, but still exercise it.


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